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Rooting for quality over quantity

The All Indian Council for Technical Education has refused approval to new engineering colleges in the academic sessions 2020-2022. What could be the potential outcome of this directive?

Rajbir Singh, Graduate 2017, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Patna

Rooting for quality over quantity

This unprecedented move will force the government to use the existing resources more judiciously rather than expanding them. Also, the step to focus more on emerging technologies rather than traditional disciplines will make students eligible for more employment opportunities. On the other hand, we need to handle the growing number of engineering aspirants given the fixed number of colleges. Whether the government will increase its investment on existing colleges to cope up with this situation, is something that needs to be seen.

Aditya Kadiyan, III, M.Sc Geophysics, IIT, Kharagpur

Rooting for quality over quantity

Considering there are thousands of engineering colleges in India, and many graduates of which are unemployed, such decisions need to be taken. Moreover, the profession of engineering does not enjoy the status and aspiration it used to. I think it is a reasonable decision on AICTE’s part to take a pause in approving new engineering colleges. But they should instead focus more on the quality of the existing engineering colleges.

Maitrayee Kumari, B.A(PES), Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru

Rooting for quality over quantity

Ameliorated quality of existing colleges should be the focus rather than approving new ones. Resources should be allocated to improve facilities like labs and upgrade the technical programmes which would help reduce unemployment to some extent. This would also bridge the industry-academia gap and save unnecessary wastage of money, time, and energy. Furthermore, increased competition will enhance the quality of education offered.

Shubham Shah, Third Year, Computer Engineering, Shivajirao Jondhale College of Engineering, Thane

Rooting for quality over quantity

India’s problem of substandard engineering education is because of the fact that apart from IITs and other renowned colleges, the rest are unable to provide quality education to the students. As students are unable to find gainful employment, colleges are beginning to face a decline in enrolment. Nearly 200 plus colleges have applied for closure recently. A large number of engineering seats have no takers, resulting in the closure of not just the colleges but also the streams. Therefore, AICTE’s decision is justifiable.

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